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Golden Valley Red Thistle Ale

Serve in English pint


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This Celtic Ale has been the flagship beer for GoldenValley Brewery since 1993. The Hops added to the kettle are Chinook, Liberty, Willamette, and Tettnag with Fuggles used in the steep for aromatics. The use of imported Crystal, Carastan, Roast, and Chocolate malts as well as domestic Two-Row malt creates a complex and bold profile which balances and enhances the aggressive hopping.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkun (899) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Tap. Clear orange yellow pour. Caramel, fruits, floral. Light to medium body. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Tap at hotel bar in Portland. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Floral, fruits, dryness, hops and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6247) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2013
On tap in Beaverton. Pours a dark copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet caramel nose, some perfume. The flavor is mostly dry malts, caramel and dust, some light citrus, a bit of toffee. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
A golden amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a sweet buttery caramel malt with light mineral notes. In mouth, a sweet caramel and butterscotch, light mineral notes, so-so. On tap at Courtyard Marriott Portland, Oct. 5 2012.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (4310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
355ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a small white head that leaves some thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly caramel malts with some mild hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with a mild hoppy bitterness. A light to medium body and soft carbonation. Drinkable brew but nothing notable in this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cmonster (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Dark orange with a short creamy top. Nose of caramel malt and light candy fruit. Caramel, bready sweet flavor with a little bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Dark amber with copper hues, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Soft biscuit and nuts on the nose.   Pale biscuity malts on the tongue.   A little tang that I think in a few months would turn sour.   Has a bit of dankness to it.   No real hops to speak of.   Slightly mealy, otherwise malty with some very muted biscuity malt flavors.   Body and mouthfeel are average.   This one seems rather ho-hum.   Needs to be brighter.   Back end just sorta falls off.   This beer is all up front, and even then its not all that "up front".   Not a bad beer, but very forgetable.   Just seems to lack character and pizazz.   Crisper... yeah, needs to be crisper!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17212) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2010
Draft @ the Brewpub. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Sweetish malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty hoppy caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to larryLSB. Opaque reddish brown color with a small white head. Mild and sweet crystal malt aroma. Almost iced tea like crystal malt flavor with some roasted fruit and very Light hops. Some dried fruit. Medium watery body with lower carb. Pretty blah stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2010
wow, disappointed that this beer comes from Oregon. very little to commend in this one. yuck.

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